Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item:
Scopus Web of Science® Altmetric
Type: Journal article
Title: Exploring the relationship between housing and health for refugees and asylum seekers in South Australia: a qualitative study
Author: Ziersch, A.
Walsh, M.
Due, C.
Duivesteyn, E.
Citation: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 2017; 14(9):1036-1-1036-20
Publisher: MDPI AG
Issue Date: 2017
ISSN: 1660-4601
Statement of
Anna Ziersch, Moira Walsh, Clemence Due and Emily Duivesteyn
Abstract: Housing is an important social determinant of health; however, little is known about the impact of housing experiences on health and wellbeing for people from refugee and asylum-seeking backgrounds. In this paper, we outline a qualitative component of a study in South Australia examining these links. Specifically, interviews were conducted with 50 refugees and asylum seekers who were purposively sampled according to gender, continent and visa status, from a broader survey. Interviews were analysed thematically. The results indicated that housing was of central importance to health and wellbeing and impacted on health through a range of pathways including affordability, the suitability of housing in relation to physical aspects such as condition and layout, and social aspects such as safety and belonging and issues around security of tenure. Asylum seekers in particular reported that living in housing in poor condition negatively affected their health. Our research reinforces the importance of housing for both the physical and mental health for asylum seekers and refugees living in resettlement countries. Improving housing quality, affordability and tenure security all have the potential to lead to more positive health outcomes.
Keywords: Health; wellbeing; housing; asylum seeker; refugee; humanitarian migrant
Rights: © 2017 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (
RMID: 0030076453
DOI: 10.3390/ijerph14091036
Grant ID:
Appears in Collections:Psychology publications

Files in This Item:
File Description SizeFormat 
hdl_110932.pdfPublished version451.31 kBAdobe PDFView/Open

Items in DSpace are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.